This week we’ll book studying various texts including Romans 8:18-25, 1 Corinthians 15:50-55, and 2 Peter 3:11-13.
We are going to die. As Job 14:4 states, “[Man] comes out like a flower and withers he flees like a shadow and continues not.” But then Job asks this hopeful question, this question that reverberates in our hearts and off into eternity: “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come,” (v. 14). We may all die. But will we someday be raised again?
And so this is a question about resurrection. But resurrection is not reanimation. It is not coming back to life as ghost. Resurrection means, at its root, restoration. In other words, what Job longs for is not simply to live again, but to be remade. To be restored. To have his life recreated. But not just his life. All lives. And not just all lives. All of creation. That is where we turn this week in our series on Heaven. What happens to those believers who die in Christ? And what will happen to our world? Pray for clarity and repentance this Sunday.
Connecting Our Church Challenge Update
We are a few days into our connection challenge and I hope you have already started meeting, or have one or two connections planned. This is a wonderful opportunity for our church–to connect us all in Christ. And it’s a wonderful opportunity for you–to bolster your growth in Jesus.
Would You Like to Have Your Child Dedicated?
It has ben a long time since we have dedicated the new children of our church, and we’d like to change that! If you are interested in having your child dedicated, would you reach out to me? To be honest, it’s been so long that it doesn’t matter how old your child is. Dedication is essentially a commitment of the child’s parents and the church to raise them in the name of Jesus and to his glory. Let me know if you’d like to do this, or talk more about it, and we’ll schedule a date!
Lots of Links
- Is Evangelism Harder Than It Used to Be?
- May She Be My Delight: A Prayer for Every Husband
- Has Your Child Been Looking at Bad Stuff Online?
- After 24 Years, Scholar Completes 3,000-Page Translation Of The Hebrew Bible
- “I’m not angry with you, Susan. I’m just disappointed”
– Pastor Ryan